Former champions return with a bang
KHALSA returned to Jaidka Cup action and claimed the most exciting win on quarter-finals night.
The city side are former winners of the cup, but haven’t entered in the last couple of seasons. They came back with a bang though, booking a semi-final spot against Market Deeping with an eight-run win at Castor.
Tariq Aziz cracked a couple of sixes in his 57 as Khalsa reached 158-5 and a consistent bowling effort meant they always had enough in hand to thwart a late Castor rally.
James Fountain hammered four sixes in a brisk 44 to get Castor to 150.
Deeping eased into the semi-finals with a surprisingly comfortable seven-wicket win over Cambs Division One leaders Wisbech.
Wisbech were undone by a dramatic batting collapse. Simon Freear (35) and Ben Allsop saw the home side to 56-0 in eight overs, but they then lost all 10 wickets for a further 50 runs.
Gary Freear made 22 of them before he was run out by yards one ball after stroking a superb six over the mid-wicket boundary. Ali Sharp (3-19) bowled with commendable pace and accuracy for Deeping as did Lee Peacock (2-5), while Tom Anderson (3-27) claimed a couple of late wickets.
Deeping were never troubled in reply. Captain David Gillett played with his usual style and composure for 36 before Peacock (21no) saw them home.
Deeping’s Aussie Brodie Andrew had a night to forget though. His four overs cost 35 runs and he then suffered a suspected broken finger when struck by an accidental beamer from Wisbech skipper James Williams before he had scored.
Peacock also took a nasty blow in the face when he was fielding and it clearly affected his natural thought processes as he went on to bat quite sensibly.
The inevitable huge six over long on was accompanied by some welltaken singles.
Peterborough Town’s win over Barnack was rather more convincing.
The Midweek League Cup scores . . .
Holders Town powered to 193-5 in their 20 overs, mainly thanks to a third wicket stand of 83 between Matthew Pateman (61) and Lewis Bruce (55).
But man-of-the-match went to leg-spinner Daniel Oldham who returned remarkable twenty/20 figures of 5-6 from 22 balls as Barnack crashed to 60 all out.
To be fair Barnack were hit by numerous unavailablities including star Pakistani Asim Butt who played for Town, scoring just 16 before falling to Adam Scotcher.
And there was no fairytale win for Yaxley skipper Stuart Brown against his former club Bourne. The Lincs Premier Division side proved far too strong, restricting Yaxley to just 101-8.
Mark Edwards (29) did best for Yaxley, while Ben Stroud (28) topscored for Bourne as they raced home by six wickets.
Bourne now host Town in the first semi-final next Wednesday. Deeping entertain Khalsa on June 16.
HALF-CENTURY: Matthew Pateman hit 61 for Peterborough Town. (METP-02-06-10AS096).
Pictures: ALAN STORER
GOOD SUPPORT: Lewis Bruce scored 55. (METP-02-06-10AS100)